Jingle Falls USA Announced for Downtown Niagara Falls, NY

New Collaborative Holiday Celebration Taking Place on Dec. 2, 9 and 16, 2017

Oct. 12, 2017 (Niagara Falls, NY) – Representatives from the City of Niagara Falls, NY, and its leading tourism and entertainment venues came together Tuesday morning at the Niagara Falls USA Official Visitor Center to announce Jingle Falls USA, a new collaborative holiday celebration taking place on three Saturdays – Dec. 2, 9 and 16, 2017.

After months of community-wide preparation, Jingle Falls USA is a mix of new and existing daylong holiday activities that appeal to people of all ages. Although some programming is the same each week, the group has also planned different programming to help attract guests back each of the three Saturdays, with morning, afternoon and evening activities planned each day. Some activities already planned are:

  • Evening outdoor illuminations along Old Falls Street, USA, Third Street, Niagara Falls State Park and at NFFD Fire Houses
  • “Gingerbread Wonderland,” the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute’s life-sized gingerbread house, visits with Santa Claus, cookie decorating, demonstrations and other children’s activities (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays – Nov. 25 through Dec. 23)
  • A Holiday Vendor Marketplace within The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls – Dec. 2, 9 and 16
  • Free Horse & Carriage Rides along Old Falls Street, USA – Dec. 2, 9 and 16
  • Free Parking on Downtown City Streets and City Parking Lots, provided by the City of Niagara Falls – Dec. 2, 9 and 16
  • Food Vendors and Fire Pits along Old Falls Street and at Seneca Square – Dec. 2, 9 and 16
  • Breakfast with Santa at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute – Dec. 2
  • Ice Carving Demonstrations outside the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute – Dec. 2
  • A first-ever Community Candlelight Stroll from Niagara Falls City Hall to Seneca Square to light the Christmas Tree, with music led by Michael Cavanaugh – Dec. 2
  • Niagara Police Athletic League’s 5K Run and Basket Auction – Dec. 9
  • Santa’s Arrival on Old Falls Street by Rainbow Air Helicopter and photo opportunities with Live Reindeer on Old Falls Street – Dec. 9
  • #LiveNF Makers Market on Third Street – Dec. 9
  • Old Falls Street will host a special “Frozen” Outdoor Movie Night – Dec. 9
  • A Toy Train Show at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute – Dec. 16
  • Outdoor Street Hockey Tournament – Dec. 16
  • Live Music by Mr. Max (sponsored by the Sheraton At The Falls) and a Fireworks Display (sponsored by the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission) – Dec. 16
  • Student carolers from the Niagara Falls City School District
  • Much More!“We hope that we are able to grow Jingle Falls USA into annual tradition for years to come,” said Spectra’s Jason Murgia, general manger of Old Falls Street USA and The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls. “We are encouraged by the commitment of our community partners and area stakeholders who have come together in order to bring festive holiday programming to our downtown area this season. We hope that once others hear our plans, they will decide to join us in additional holiday planning this year.”

Julie Gilbert, Destination Niagara USA’s vice president of marketing & brand management said, “We are proud to be a part of this community effort and excited to take the lead on marketing and promoting Jingle Falls USA. This is an excellent opportunity to draw not only residents of Western New York to downtown Niagara Falls, but also visitors in a typically slower time of year for tourists.”

“We are very excited to be part of this collaboration and hope that it will further enhance Niagara Falls’ reputation as a destination for winter fun,” said Barbara DeSimone, acting public relations director of Niagara County Community College. “We are thrilled to be able to showcase our Culinary Institute’s Gingerbread Wonderland signature event alongside the programming offered on Old Falls Street.”

“We are excited to be alongside our community partners and participate in this new holiday event for Niagara Falls.” said Patrick Bassney, General Manager, Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino.

There are also contests to enter including the Social Media Contest, inviting guests to share their photos taken during Jingle Falls USA using #JingleFalls. One winner will receive an overnight package to Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino. In addition, the Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association is encouraging guests to eat and drink in area restaurants to enter to win a trip for two on Rainbow Air Helicopters next summer season.

Organizations who have come together to create this initiative are the City of Niagara Falls, NY, Niagara Falls Community Development, Old Falls Street USA, The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls State Park, Destination Niagara USA, #LiveNF, Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino, Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association, Discover Niagara Shuttle, Rainbow Air Helicopter Tours, Niagara Falls Board of Education, Niagara Falls Fire Department, Niagara Police Athletic League, Sheraton At The Falls, and the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission.

“The City of Niagara Falls is proud to partner with this dedicated group of community leaders who have worked tirelessly to help get Niagara Falls into the holiday spirit this season,” said Mayor Paul A. Dyster. “With many exciting, family-friendly activities planned and more still to announce, it is my hope that this inaugural Jingle Falls season is just the beginning of a growing and successful community-wide celebration for years to come.”

For more information or to view the current Jingle Falls USA schedule, visit www.JingleFallsUSA.com. Guests are encouraged to visit the site often, as more activities will be finalized prior to the Dec. 2 opening date.


11th Annual Niagara Electric Light Parade – November 7th, 5:30pm


Bob Koshinski to be Master of Ceremonies for this year’s 11th Annual ELECTRIC LIGHTS PARADE in the Town of Niagara which will begin at 5:30 pm on Saturday, November 7th. 

A major highlight of the ELECTRIC LIGHTS PARADE is the appearance of Santa Claus who will be on hand to greet the crowd.

A Food Drive will also be part of this year’s NIAGARA ELECTRIC LIGHTS PARADE.  Volunteers will gather non-perishable food donations from parade spectators for local soup kitchens.  If participants wish, Parade organizers encourage donations the food to their Church Food Pantries and let them know it is on behalf of the Niagara Electric Lights Parade.

The major sponsor for the parade is Republic Services (Allied Waste Industries of Niagara Falls, NY).  Allied Waste owns and operates the Niagara Falls Sanitary Landfill, located at the intersection of 56th Street and Niagara Falls Boulevard.

Last year’s ELECTRIC LIGHTS PARADE drew several thousand spectators, along with the hundreds who were part of the bands, floats and community groups which took part.

The ELECTRIC LIGHTS PARADE is organized and presented by the Town of Niagara, the Town of Niagara Business and Professional Association, Inc.

niagara electric lights parade

[From 2013] ‘Tsunami Survival Capsule’ Inventor, Julian Sharpe, Plans To Ride Device Over Niagara Falls

MUST’VE BEEN A PR STUNT? STORY FROM 2013 – UPDATE – http://survival-capsule.com/AboutUs.html

[From HuffingtonPost.com

A Seattle inventor plans to test his “tsunami survival capsule” with a plunge over Niagara Falls, according to the Mirror UK.

Julian Sharpe, 50, expects the landing will feel like “being rear-ended at 20 miles per hour,” the report states…

READ THE FULL STORY HERE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/22/tsunami-survival-capsule-julian-sharpe-niagara-falls-_n_2741830.html


Niagara Now/What to Do for July 15 – 23, 2015 [From NTCC]

Click the link for the Niagara Now/What to Do for July 15 – 23, 2015: What To Do!

Visit the blog for all the information you need to know about whats-goin-on around Niagara!


January’s entertainment and events at Wine on Third

Here’s what is happening at Wine On Third in January!

Friday 2nd     Andrew Bieniek 8pm

Saturday 3rd   Aaron Anson 8pm

Wednesday 7th  Tim & Casey 7:30pm

Friday 9th    Dave Mombrea 8pm

Saturday 10th  Chris Borgatti 8pm

Wednesday 14th     Scott Celani  7:30pm

Friday 16th    Celtic Cross Duo 8pm

Saturday 17th  Dave Stayner 8pm

Sunday 18th, Impact Gallery Art Opening 6pm

Wednesday 21st Jay Moynihan  7:30pm

Friday 23rd   Christina Custode 8pm

Saturday 24th  Keith Shuskie 8pm

Wednesday 28th  Stevie Fleck  7:30pm

Friday 30th    Joe Webber 8pm

Saturday 31st  Bitter Sweet Acoustic 8pm

January 2015 Wine On Third flyer

Aquarium of Niagara Hosts Holiday Fun at ‘Tis the Season’ Breakfast Events

The second annual ‘Tis the Season’ weekend will be held at the Aquarium of Niagara on Saturday December 20, 2014 from 9am to 11 am. Kids and their families are welcomed to enjoy snacks of donuts and breakfast beverages while enjoying holiday music, crafts, and a special sea lion show. Santa Claus will be visiting from the North Pole to hear wish lists and take pictures with all. Guests are asked to bring their own cameras.

As it is also the season of giving, the Aquarium is giving back to Community Missions of Niagara Frontier and Heart, Love, & Soul of Niagara Falls. All ‘Tis the Season’ guests are asked to bring a non-perishable or personal care item to donate to either local charity in an effort to serve those less fortunate during the holiday season.

Seating for the ‘Tis the Season’ events is limited to 50 participants per day, so please register as soon as possible. Online registration can be found at http://www.aquariumofniagara.org/seasongofgiving.htm, or interested parties may call and register at 716-285-3575, extension 0. The cost is $6 per person for members or $16.50 for adults and $12.75 for kids who are non-members. This includes the general cost of admission. Payment is required upon time of registration.

Remember seating is limited so hurry and register today! Happy Holidays to all!


For more information about ‘Tis the Season,’ please contact:


Lindsay Hyatt – Director of Development and Marketing

Aquarium of Niagara

701 Whirlpool Street

Niagara Falls, NY 14301

716-285-3575 ext. 203



The Soapbox with guest William “Tunez” Wilson


William Tunez Wilson stopped by the NiagaraHub for this episode of The Soapbox. Tunez lets Craig know the state of music in Niagara and how it is evolving and gaining nationwide attention. Watch the video here and be sure to check out Tunez Wilson on Facebook and YouTube:

New Year’s Eve 2014 Guitar Drop and Free Concert from Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls, USA

Celebrate the New Year in a rockin’ atmosphere just footsteps away from the brink of Niagara Falls.  Come on down to the Hardrock Cafe in Niagara Falls, USA and party like a rockstar!

Upcoming events at Wine on Third

NO COVER on any of these events

Saturday Sept 14, music by Nick Spacone 8pm

Wednesday September 18, music by Michael Krisch 8pm

Thursday September 19, Art Opening for John Briglio 7pm  (I’ve attached some jpgs of his work)

Saturday September 21, music by Brent Persia 8pm

Wednesday September 25, music by Jamie Holka 8pm

Saturday September 28, music by Triad 8pm

Now Showing: StenzTV (Episode 1)

Getch’yer popcorn ready!

The new, revised, all spiffed up and ready for the air-waves – StenzTV!  The half-hour, variety style, some time serious, most of the time not-so-serious side of Niagara Falls and basically, the point of view from one of your average fellow residents, the glass is half full, keep me out of politics, we only live once, let’s all chill the F out, your brother from anotha’ mutha – Yours Truly… ME!

Consider StenzTV the NiagaraHub’s first full “network” show, a combination of elements you read and view on the Hub (The Images of the Day, The Soapbox, Headline Roundup, Food Reviews, Man on the Street, etc.), along with the hometown goodness and trivial nonsensical whatnot that always has been the heart of the website called StenzTV. I’ll be mixing in some local news and headlines, some guests and fun conversation, along with bits of local history and general autobiographical stuff that makes me, me.  My intention is to bring to local Niagara Falls visual media and cable access something that most people haven’t seen before in this area – something different than Mr. or Mrs. Blahblahblah sitting between two ferns on an old couch waxin’ philosophical about the 1965 School Board Budget… yaaawwwwwn! Don’t get me wrong, we will be as low tech, low budget and as crude as the worst of ‘em, but our difference is, we will have soul!  A little sumpthin’ for everybody… or maybe not at all, but hey, I’m givin’ it whirl and having a good time doing so.

This half hour episode is just the beginning – I hope to roll one out every couple months.  Ya know, like the beginnings of all great television shows… from M*A*S*H*, All in the Family, Happy Days to the Price is Right and Family Feud, it’ll be a series kick off to celebrate! Just remember, fish don’t fry in the kitchen, and beans don’t burn on the grill, took a whole of tryin’ just to get up that hill…

StenzTV will be filmed on location and also in front of a live studio audience (of one or two people at most probably!) and will be airing once every couple months or so.  If you want to appear on StenzTV or if you have a great video or segment that you think is a must to add to the next episode, lemme know!  Please give us a call at 716.299.0705 or email us at: theniagarahub@gmail.com

Watch the show here:

If embedded YouTube video doesn’t appear, simply click here to watch:  StenzTV (Episode 1)